1921 Auckland East by-election

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1921 Auckland East by-election

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Turnout 6,621
  Clutha Nantes Mackenzie, 1931 crop.jpg John Alexander Lee.jpg George Warren Russell.jpg
Candidate Clutha Mackenzie John A. Lee George Warren Russell
Party Reform Labour Liberal
Popular vote 2,613 2,212 1,053
Percentage 38.76 32.81 15.62

Member before election

Arthur Myers

Elected Member

Clutha Mackenzie

The 1921 Auckland East by-election was a by-election in the New Zealand electorate of Auckland East, an urban seat at the top of the North Island.

The by-election was held on 2 December 1921, and was precipitated by the resignation of sitting Liberal member of parliament and former Mayor of Auckland, Arthur Myers.


The Labour Party selected John A. Lee, the President of the Auckland Labour Representation Committee, as their candidate. Unsuccessful nominees for the Labour candidacy were Rex Mason, James Purtell and Robert Frederick Way.[1]


The following table gives the election results:

1921 Auckland East by-election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Reform Clutha Mackenzie 2,613 38.76 -0.01
Labour John A. Lee 2,212 32.81
Liberal George Warren Russell 1,053 15.62
Independent George H Foster 863 12.80
Majority 401 5.94
Turnout 6,741 59.08 -24.68


Lee defeated Mackenzie in the 1922 election; both had war disabilities.


  1. ^ "Auckland East Seat". The New Zealand Herald. LVIII (17909). 11 October 1921. p. 6. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Auckland East Election". Manawatu Standard. XLIII (365). 8 November 1921. p. 5. Retrieved 25 August 2015.

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